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Safe In Our World Announces Clinical Advisory Board, Welcomes SEGA Europe, & Expands Patrons With Jörg Tittel & Jack Morton

We are delighted to announce a series of updates for Safe In Our World, including the formation of our new Clinical Advisory Board, latest Level Up Partners and Patrons, and the 1st Anniversary Bundle selling out.

Clinical Advisory Board

We have officially launched our Clinical Advisory Board, welcoming Stuart John Chuan, founder Psychologically Informed Services, Paul Fletcher, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Studies for Preclinical Medicine at Cambridge University, who also consulted on Ninja Theory’s Hellblade, Dr. Amiad Fredman who works in the digital Health industry, and Dany Bell, a former cancer nurse who now leads on recovery and genomics for Macmillan Nurses.

Their collective expertise spans the fields of Physiology, Medicine, Nursing, Digital Health and Genomics, the Clinical Advisory Board will advise the charity on its clinical agenda, as well ensuring a clinical view is considered in articles, blogposts and relevant research projects.


Our Newest Patrons

Additionally, we’re happy to welcome Jörg Tittel, writer, producer and director of plays, films and video games, and Jack Morton, innovation consultant at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital as our newest Patrons. Jörg and Jack both bring valuable experience and support to our mission and we’re delighted to have them onboard.

 “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to play a small part in making mental well-being a priority in our industry, both in terms of working practices and in the positive impact games can have on players new and old. As this difficult year draws to a close, I look forward to touching lives with Safe in Our World in a brighter 2021 and beyond.”

Jörg Tittel


Level Up Mental Health

SEGA Europe has now joined Safe In Our World as a committed Level Up Partner, alongside Limited Run Games and Dambuster Studios, who add to our growing list of companies looking to unite and commit to change within the industry and beyond.


Safe In Our World 1st Anniversary Bundle

The Safe In Our World 1st Anniversary Bundle has now sold out! We’re pleased to celebrate the success of our first bundle, in partnership with Fanatical, which will fund the creation of CBT courses tailored for gamers and those working within the video games industry, which will be free to access. Thank you for the support in making our first bundle a success!


 

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Dr Jo Twist OBE, Award-winning Advocate Kate Edwards and Leading Actor Doug Cockle Join as Patrons!

If this was an ARPG, these would be the heroes battling for the greater good!

We’re pleased to announce and welcome the joining of Dr. Jo Twist OBE, CEO of UKIE; Kate Edwards, long time industry advocate and Take This board member; and Doug Cockle, acclaimed actor/director/voice talent of Geralt of Rivia, star of The Witcher game series; all to serve as Patrons. The addition of these well regarded individuals reflects the ongoing commitment, growth and development of Safe In Our World, whose mission is helping to bring more global awareness, resources and benefits to those in need. The ever-growing list of Patrons mirrors the diverse industry including passionate veterans from leading publishers, developers, content creators and service areas. In addition to Patrons, Safe In Our World is building a team of Ambassadors to help share stories in an effort to further remove stigma that still exists around talking about how you feel. To see who has joined the Safe In Our World team, visit our team page!

Dr Jo Twist OBE, Award-winning Advocate Kate Edwards and Leading Actor Doug Cockle Join as Patrons

Jo Twist is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make, sell and play games. In addition to her role as Chair of the BAFTA Games Committee, she is also Deputy Chair of the British Screen Forum, Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, Ambassador on the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, and she sits on the Creative Industries Council. In 2016 Twist was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect and the UK Government’s Sector Champion for Disabilities.

Dr Jo Twist OBE Said: “I’m delighted to support Safe in our World, a charity that will play a vital role in the future of our industry for both players and creators. We all have mental as well as physical health and we need to look after both”

Kate Edwards is a 26-year veteran and an outspoken, award-winning advocate of the game industry and the former Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA). Kate is also a geographer and corporate strategist who pioneered and specialises in content culturalization. Following 13 years at Microsoft, she has consulted on many game and non-game projects for BioWare, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and many other companies. In 2018, she was honoured with Reboot Develop’s annual Hero Award and also presented with IndieCade’s annual Game Changer Award. In 2020, she will be honoured with GDC’s Ambassador Award. She is also profiled in the December 2018 publication Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play and in 2017 joined Take This, a US based mental health advocacy group in the games industry.

Kate Edwards said: “I’m a huge believer in positive mental health advocacy across our industry, and am beyond enthusiastic to expand those I’m able to assist as I continue my role with Take This, while also bringing that experience to Safe in our World.”

Doug Cockle is an American actor, director and acting teacher living in the United Kingdom. For over 20 years he has worked in theatre, film, television, radio, video games and corporate video. Doug was also the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Acting degree at the Arts University Bournemouth from 2005 to 2017. Doug has worked extensively in the video games industry and is primarily known for his work as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher video games.

Doug Cockle said: “As a long time gaming professional, I’m honoured to be involved with Safe in our World. Mental health is of paramount importance, and I aim to do all I can to take the message that nobody is alone to as wide an audience as possible.”

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